As expected, pop/rock band Matchbox Twenty scores its first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 as its new "North" album debuts with 95,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the group's first full-length studio album since 2002's "More Than You Think You Are," which debuted and peaked at No. 6 off a 178,000 launch.
THE KILLERS Battle Born Producers: various Island Records Release Date: Sept. 18 The Killers covered an impressive amount of ground in pop music across their first three albums. But on "Battle Born", the Las Vegas quartet apparently decided it was time for some consolidation. The 12-track set touches on bits of its predecessors -- the new wave pomp of "Hot Fuss", the brawny rock of "Sam's Town", the '80s-leani
Chan Marshall, aka Cat Power, has moved to the beat of her own drum as an artist, delving into moody folk-rock on 1998's "Moon Pix", stark chamber pop on 2003's "You Are Free", Memphis blues on 2006's acclaimed "The Greatest" and covers on 2008's "Jukebox" and "Dark End of the Street". But on her newest, "Sun" (Matador, Sept. 4), she literally acts as her own drummer -- as well as guitarist, keyboardist and eve